Archive for August, 2012

On Commoditization of labor in Software *Industry*

August 26, 2012 1 comment

In our industry the middlemen – hiring managers, HR people, recruiters, etc. – work extremely hard to commoditize labor. To most recruiters, if you’ve got 5 years of experience with C++, you are the same as anyone else who has five years of experience with C++. Never mind that you are an actual person with unique skills and personal qualities that are hard to encapsulate in a resume.

This can be greatly frustrating at times. Most recruiters out there are non-technical people. They aren’t idiots, but most aren’t passionate about what they do and are generally focused on short term goals. Their job becomes one of matching up acronyms in the job requirements with acronyms on your resume.

The amount of money they make pimping you is unlikely to be much different than the money they would make pimping someone else. Multiply that by hundreds of developers a year and it all averages out. Why bother to cultivate a personal relationship with talent?

Emphasis mine. Nice read.

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Quotable Quote

August 14, 2012 Leave a comment

“The average human looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.”
― Leonardo da Vinci


Quotable Quote

August 14, 2012 Leave a comment

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle.  But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – Marilyn Monroe

Tangential Gyan

August 14, 2012 Leave a comment

A software development team went for a team outing. They were camping in the woods. The project manager and a developer shared a tent. In the middle of the night, the developer woke up the project manager and said "You see those stars? What do you make of it?"

Project Manager: "I know everything about stars …. blah blah
I know everything about the universe …. blah blah
I know everything about galaxies ….. blah blah
I know everything about the big bang ….. blah blah
(condescendingly) Well, what do *you* make of it?"

Developer: "Someone stole our tent"

This joke is dedicated to all those who are condemned to receive Tangential Gyan after Tangential Gyan from the “Managers” Smile.

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